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A Lesson Before Dying Chapter 27

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

In Chapter 27 of ''A Lesson Before Dying'', Grant has an intense and uncomfortable conversation with an important figure in Jefferson's life. Read on to find out what happened and how Grant reacts.

Reverend Ambrose Visits

Chapter 27 finds Grant lying on his bed looking out of his window at the beanpoles in the garden. Grant's aunt comes in and tells him that Reverend Ambrose wants to speak to him. Grant stays with his hands clasped behind his head. His aunt tells him it's bad luck, and then asks if he is going to tuck in his shirt and put on his shoes before the Reverend comes in. Grant says he will.

When Reverend Ambrose comes in, Grant is standing at the window. Grant invites Reverend Ambrose to sit down, but he declines and asks how work is going. Ambrose tells Grant there isn't much time left for Jefferson. He has a little less than three weeks until his execution. The Reverend's main concern is that Jefferson has not turned his life over to Jesus Christ. Grant tells him that he can't help with that, but the Reverend argues that he can. Grant does not believe it is his job to save Jefferson's soul.

Jefferson's Soul

Reverend Ambrose wants to know when Grant will go back to the prison and what he plans to talk about with Jefferson, but Grant tells him that he doesn't know what they will talk about. The Reverend responds that when he goes he will talk to Jefferson about God. Grant tells the Reverend that he is sure Jefferson needs to hear that. The Reverend asks if Grant is sure, and Grant responds that he is not sure about anything. Again, The Reverend tries recruit Grant by saying that he is trying to prepare Jefferson for the next world. Grant tells him that he doesn't believe in the other world.

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